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The United Socialist States of Wascoitan

“The will of the people is the will of the nation”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Wascoitan

Population668 million

CapitalYexver

Currencywasco
AnimalHydra

The United Socialist States of Wascoitan is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 668 million Wascoitanians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yexver. The average income tax rate is 82.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Wascoitanian economy, worth 36.9 trillion wascoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Trout Farming. Average income is 55,308 wascoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, anti-government web sites are springing up, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room, and one of the most popular models in Wascoitan has a scarred face and one working eye. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wascoitan's national animal is the Hydra, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Wascoitan is ranked 143,544th in the world and 291st in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -6.56 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,172ndSafest: 6,247thHighest Drug Use: 6,247thMost Income Equality: 6,387thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,093rdMost Pacifist: 7,921stTop
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Most Influential: 8,559thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,188thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,115thNicest Citizens: 10,580thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,646thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,330thMost Inclusive: 11,805thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,441stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,216thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,327thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,451stMost Secular: 15,854th
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Highest Drug Use: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 33rd in the regionMost Extreme: 37th in the region

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